Field Music Edward J. Shinkle

Service Number: 271202

Birth and Early Life:
Edward Shinkle was the son of Edward and Jeanette Shinkle of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born around the year 1918.

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Shinkle enlisted at the Philadelphia Custom House on April 19, 1939. Instead of training at Parris Island, he was sent to the barracks detachment at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and then on to the Naval Air Station at Lakehurst, New Jersey. On November 14, his rating was officially changed from that of Private to Field Music.

Service Prior to 1941:
Shinkle served at Lakehurst until early 1941 when, seeking some more excitement than playing reveille and Taps, he applied to parachute training. It proved to be more than he could handle; Shinkle washed out in April, but immediately applied to Sea School. He passed the course, and in the early summer of 1941 joned the Marine detachment of the  USS Vincennes.

Wartime Service:
Shinkle served as the junior field music aboard Vincennes during the last few months of peace and the first few months of war. He escorted the carriers taking Major Jimmy Doolittle on his famous raid, watched enemy aircraft fall from the sky at Midway, and saw the cruiser’s main batteries bombard the shore of Guadalcanal in on August 7, 1942.

Date Of Loss:
Edward Shinkle was killed shortly after midnight on August 9, 1942, when his cruiser was sunk in the battle of Savo Island, off Guadalcanal. His body was never found.

Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Jeanette Shinkle

Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea.

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

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